Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Quotation Of The Day: Would Calvin Coolidge Vote For Mitt Romney Edition

Writing at The American Conservative, James Pinkerton looks at conservatives, including Disraeli, Lincoln, and Coolidge, who campaigned to get the votes of the 100% without disparaging the 47%.

When he was sworn in as president of Massachusetts State Senate, Silent Cal spoke like a collectivist:
The commonwealth is one. We are all members of one body. The welfare of the weakest and the welfare of the most powerful are inseparably bound together. Industry cannot flourish if labor languish. Transportation cannot prosper if manufactures decline. The general welfare cannot be provided for in any one act, but it is well to remember that the benefit of one is the benefit of all, and the neglect of one is the neglect of all. The suspension of one man’s dividends is the suspension of another man’s pay envelope.
Sounds like a combination of John Donne and an Occupy Wall Street speech to me.

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